Gemstones and Spring/Summer 2023 Pantone Colors
This week we are focusing on Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2023 shade collection. This year’s shades range from “chaos to quiet” as said on Pantone’s website. These shades embrace confidence, boldness, and new beginnings, which is a perfect way to describe 2023. In light of this exciting collection release, we’ve round up a list of some cool and very unique stone types that correlate with a few of this year’s trending colors.
Pantone's shade: Empire Yellow / Our gemstone pick: Yellow Hematoid Quartz
A beautiful yellow hue compared to its red Hematoid Quartz counterpart, it is associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. It is also widely known as Golden Healer Quartz. Its yellow color comes from bits of microscopic Pyrite particles within the stone. This stone, because it is essentially a hybrid of Quartz and Hematite, contains properties of both stones. Yellow Hematoid Quartz is thought to amplify other stones as well as provide balance, stability, and purity. People often use it to defend themselves from negative energy from others. Hematoid Quartz in general is a powerful grounding stone, making it an essential when aiming to balance emotions and thoughts. It is also thought to bring warmth and vitality back to oneself. Because of its alternate name, Golden Healer, it is believed that its name simply came from its powerful properties of being a healing stone as well as its golden color.
Pantone's shade: Peach Pink / Our gemstone pick: Rhodonite
Rhodonite is known as a stone of compassion, refinement, and tact. It helps balance emotions and significant impact emotional wounds and past trauma. Like Hematoid Quartz, it is a grounding stone that help balance and focus. Rhodonite is often used to bring relief when you are dealing with negative thoughts towards yourself. This stone is deeply associated with the heart chakra, making it a great tool to use if you need some self love. If you want an alternative to Rose Quartz, Rhodonite is your top pick. It typically has an opaque pale pinkish hue, often with black or deep red inclusions. Its name comes from the Greek word “rhodon” which means rose. First discovered in the 1790s in Russia, this stone has been used and loved for thousands of years. Today, it can be found all over the world, most notably in Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, India, Brazil, the USA, and Canada.
Pantone's shade: Crystal Rose / Our gemstone pick: Auralite
Auralite, also known as Auralite 23 and Red Cap Amethyst, is one of the world’s oldest minerals. It got its name from its appearance resembling the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) as well as its 23 mineral inclusions that make up its composition. It is very similar to Cacoxenite, or Super Seven. It is usually purple in color, looking like a sister to Amethyst (because it is!), but it can be clear or white. Its signature red cap or red inclusions on the tip always gives it away. This stone is only found in Canada. Auralite is a high vibration stone, helping to connect to ourselves and the Earth. It is also used as a spiritual connection to angels and spirit guides. This stone is often used with meditation because it helps clear the mind and ground the body, and it promotes self love and love in relationships. Auralite is unique in the sense that it is associated with all chakras.
Pantone's shade: Classic Green / Our gemstone pick: Diopside
First discovered in 1806, Diopside is a rare stone that is quite hard to find and source these days. Its high demand resulted in inflated prices, but it is worth it! Jose Bonifacio Andrade e Silva named the stone when he discovered it. The Greek words “dis” (meaning double) and “opse” (meaning face) reference to Diopside often forming double prismatic crystal faces or shards. It is typically green in color, and it can be found in virtually any shade of green. It can also be white, grey, black, brown, or yellow! Diopside’s black color often has a star effect, also known as Asterism, when it is cut at a specific angle. Associated with the Heart and Root chakras, Diopside is a powerful energy stone as it is widely known for its restorative properties. It is also a high vibration stone. People often use it to heal trauma and emotional disturbances because it allows you to reach inside to your past self and help center you and take control back. It is commonly used in meditation and reiki.
Pantone's shade: Blue Perennial / Our gemstone pick: Pegmatite
A unusual and uncommon stone, Pegmatite got its name from the Homeric Greek word “pegnymi” meaning to bind together. It isn’t even actually a crystal, it is an igneous rock. Most Pegmatite stones are formed in sheets near large rock masses called batholiths. Its mineral composition is very similar to that of granite. Pegmatite is actually more like a host stone, with other stones and crystals being formed within it. Our strands contain Spinel and Muscovite in Pegmatite. People usually mine Pegmatite in order to gather other semi precious or precious gemstones. It can be found nearly anywhere in the world and it is most commonly found in or near very old rock masses. Even though it is a rock, it still holds spiritual and metaphysical properties. People use Pegmatite as a tool to awaken hidden skills or talents, and it can help you perform to your highest potential. It is also associated with emotional healing and calmness.